Season 3 of Netflix’s flagship series ‘Stranger Things’ has wrapped! That means that fans will soon get a return trip to Hawkins, Indiana. The first two seasons were released in October of their respective years, mirroring the time settings of the shows, but as has been revealed, the third takes place in the summer of 1985, so there is a possibility that the new episodes will arrive by summer 2019, but of course that’s just a guess, as Netflix doesn’t announce release dates until roughly a month before they are ready to launch.
But Millie Bobby Brown‘s (Eleven) recent Instagram posts had fans speculating that this might be the final chapter of the story of the Hawkins Middle School AV Club. In one she posted that she was going to “cry all day fyi” followed up with a shot of her swollen, damp face with the caption “Told u.” She also directed messages to her costars Sadie Sink (Max Mayfair)– “I can’t say good-bye”– and Noah Schnapp (Will Beyers)– “this is not okay.” Over another candid shot of Sink and Schnapp, she wrote “Love of my life.”
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However, as word spread that this might be the end of ‘Stranger Things’, Netflix took to Twitter to assure fans that this was not the case:
Don’t drop your Eggos. Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false. pic.twitter.com/x4kbL9990e
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 20, 2018
Other than the time setting of the show, very little is known about the third season, but it is expected that the Mind Flayer, which was shown to still be at large in the final episode of Season 2, will return. Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) will have graduated high school and has gone to work at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor at the new Starcourt Mall, where he will work alongside new character Robin, played by Maya Hawke. Francesca Reale will portray a popular lifeguard at the local pool. (Is this Hawkins’ answer to Wendy Peppercorn?)
Also expect to see more of Lucas’ (Caleb McLaughlin) sassy little sister Erica, as Priah Ferguson has been bumped up to series regular. ‘The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes will also enter the picture as the Mayor of Hawkins, as does Jake Busey as Bruce, “sexist” and “morally compromised news reporter in his 50s” as well as a character named Patricia Brown, who is described as a “sweet, neighbourhood elder”
The show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, have also stated that this season essentially depicts the last summer of the core characters’ childhood, as they move away from playing Dungeons & Dragons, and into couple-hood (and for some, single-dom), something set up in the final scene of Season 2.
“I think we’re either going to season 4 or season 5. It’s still being debated. This was something that I discussed with the Duffer brothers right from day one. I know, somewhat, Hopper’s place in that story because the more you can know about the end of your story, the more you can set up … Stranger Things has an arc to it that I understand. I feel very proud of that because we’re not going to get lost in our story and leave these strands. We’re going to tie things up.”
And in a potential tease as to the events of Season 3, Harbour posted a message, mentioning Gary’s Plumbing and Heating. Hmmmm….
Are you ready for more ‘Stranger Things’?